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Exhilerating look into the future!
on 12 May 2011
This was a really interesting read. I have previously read Kaku's 'Parallel Worlds' and thoroughly enjoyed it and therefore thought I might give this book a go. I was not disappointed, I found it very intriguing and difficult to put down until I had finished and continue to flick through it now to re-read my favourite sections. Kaku explains the path of technology and discusses with prominent scientists what is currently being explored in the world of medicine, robotics, computers and also the world of quantum physics and what this will mean in regards to our daily lives in the future. He also talks about the future of space travel (including things such as the possibility of a space elevator) the future of energy, wealth, nanotechnology, virtual worlds, holograms, internet contact lenses and universal translators plus many other ideas. It really is fascinating to find out how many of these ideas are already being explored and made into prototypes as Kaku discovers on visits to places such as Silicon Valley, CERN, Tokyo, plus many more laboratories and universities all over the world, speaking with people working on the cutting edge of scientific discovery. Kaku also shows a sense of humour, frequently mentioning how many of these ideas appear in things we will have seen or heard of in Sci Fi films and shows such as Star Trek, Star Wars, iRobot and even the Wizard of Oz. Kaku also explains a scale used to measure the advancement of civilizations which I found extremely interesting and have read about in another of his books but which was expanded upon further here. Overall this is an absorbing and evocative read that I would recommend.